Robert Osborne Hosts 4th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival

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Robert Osborne and Bill Dudley (Photo courtesy of Bill Dudley)

Robert Osborne and Bill Dudley (Photo courtesy of Bill Dudley)

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Over 100 years of  Hollywood history comes alive this weekend, as TCM screens close to 100 films, and interviews the actors, writers and directors  that created them in the 4th annual TCM Classic Film Festival.

Robert Osborne has been there since the beginning of TCM in 1993 when it first went on the air. It was my distinct pleasure to interview him on opening day of the 4th annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Robert came to Hollywood as a young actor in the 1950s, and once worked for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Lucy suggested he combine his love for film with his journalism degree from The University Of Washington, thus becoming the unique personality he is today.

Highlights of this year’s festival for Robert are: (1) The red carpet screening of the newly restored 1968 William Wyler musical “Funny Girl” starring Barbra Streisand. (2) From 1946, the screen adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge” starring my mom’s favorite actor, Tyrone Power and the tragic Gene Tierney.(3) Robert will be interviewing Ann Blyth, the villain daughter that helped make Joan Crawford look like “the nice one” in her Oscar winning 1946 performance of “Mildred Pierce.” Ann will appear at the screening for a Q and A with Robert.

Also scheduled for TCM Fest: Two time Best Actress winner Jayne Fonda gets her footprints set in cement this Saturday at the Chinese Theater right next to her father Henry Fonda’s footprints, and will attend the screening of 1981’s “On Golden Pond,” Henry’s final film for which he too won a Best Actor award. Screen legends Eva Marie Saint (“On The Waterfront”), and Max Von Sydow (“Three Days Of The Condor”) are also very special guests this year for screenings of those and other films.

I am very excited about the 50th anniversary of one of the funniest movies ever made,”It’s A Mad Mad World,”  which will be celebrated at Cinerama Dome where the epic comedy first debuted in 1963. Several of the many giants of comedy  that appeared in the film will be there, including Carl Reiner and Mickey Rooney. Comedy legend Jonathan Winters was also scheduled to appear at this event, but sadly he passed away earlier this month. Winters really made a strong contribution to the star studded Stanley Kramer production as the crazy truck  driver who  completely demolishes a gas station. One of the gas stations two owners in the film, Marvin Kaplan will also be on hand to reminisce.

Robert Osborne loves movies, and his fans love him! He gets very loud applause at every screening he attends. Robert  is also a hero to the residents of Port Townsend Washington,in his home state. Robert is part-owner of the town’s only movie theater, which recently converted to digital at a huge cost. This will guarantee the big screen stays alive in one small part of America.

I’ve got to wrap this blog up, as I have a lot of films and stars to see this weekend at The Egyptian, El Capitan,Cinerama Dome, Grauman’s Chinese, and The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I will be joined by film fans of all ages from all over the world. Get the full weekend schedule at filmfestival.TCM.com.

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